about His judgment is if we’re living in the darkness. We realize He’s merciful, slow to anger and longsuffering with us, but even God’s patience has a limit.

In the same passage that the Bible tells us that God doesn’t have a dark side it also says this.

"If we say that we share in life with God and keep on living in the dark, we are lying and are not living by the truth. But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other." 1 John 1:6-7a (CEV)

Circle that phrase, “keep on living in the dark.” That implies we’ve had opportunities to change our dark ways but we’ve kept on in spite of God’s warnings, in spite of His love and longsuffering we’ve kept on living a WAY OF LIFE that we know isn’t right.

It’s not referring to the times we occasionally fall. It’s not talking about our missteps. It’s referring to our journey. If we’re taking a journey in the dark we certainly aren’t living with and for God who is in the light. If we “keep on living in the dark” we’re lying. We’re not on a journey with God who is in the light.

Since God is light, when I share in God’s life I do so in His light. This doesn’t mean that I’m perfect, as God is perfect. It means that because I share in His life and light, I can more readily see the dark things in my life that need to be brought into God’s light. It means I don’t give in to the dark. I don’t give up wrestling with the sin that my fallen human nature is so naturally inclined to.

There’s a difference between living in the light and living in the dark. Just like there’s a difference between having a healthy respect for God and His light and the wrong-headed concept of accusing God of being an ogre.

Why does the Bible present us with this truth?

Because I need to acknowledge that I am the one with the dark side, not God. The problem is not with God – it’s with me!

The second answer to the God question, “Does God punish us when we sin?” is this. This is the second proper perspective I need to have. In addition to realizing that God does NOT have a dark side, I need to admit that…


The bad news is, and don’t tune me out after I say this, because we’re going to get to the really Good News in just a few minutes, but the bad news is this: I deserve to be punished because I have done wrong.

God’s word says we’ve all done wrong things.

"If we say we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn’t in our hearts." 1 John 1:8 (CEV)

"If we say that we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and his message isn’t in our hearts." 1 John 1:10 (CEV)

When I hear DC Talk singing “In the Light” on the radio I immediately identify. The vocalist is singing to God. Listen to what he says.

I keep trying to find a life, On my own, apart from you.

I am the king of excuses, I’ve got one for every selfish thing I do

What’s going on inside of me? I despise my own behavior.

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Ben Davidson
December 20, 2014
Well he certainly Punished me with No wife and family, and he Blessed so many others with one. Go Figure. I really do Hate the holidays, especially when i am all alone.
Adele Sharpley
January 9, 2015
Hi there! I had to comment because you sound so much like my sister. She's constantly saying God is punishing her by keeping her single. That is so untrue! I always tell her we weren't created to be alone. Man Woman. Adam Eve. There is someone out there for everyone. As clich? as it sounds, it is a hundred percent true. God saw that Adam would be better if he had Eve as his companion. And so don't think like that. Your soulmate is out there. It's just up to you to branch out and find her. I hate to admit this, but my sister is somewhat of a racist, and because of that, she limits herself to one race. I'm with someone of the other race and it is undoubtedly the happiest I've ever been. I'm not saying interracial relationships are the key to happiness but I'm giving an example of how being loving to everyone (in this case, someone of another race who is different from me) is something Christians should practice. We shouldn't judge others or condemn them for any reason. And because I've been able to live by this, I've found my soulmate. Whereas, my sister is still single because she isn't being the best Christian she can be by being slightly racist. Who knows, her own soulmate could be from another race but she'll never know till she learns to look past physical differences. Another thing you want to do is get up and look for that special someone. She won?t just come to you like magic. When you give up and accept that there?s no one for you, you might just miss her in this life, when it counts. Maybe you?ll have another chance in heaven, I don?t know, but it would sure make the time we have on earth sweeter if you find her. God bless and may he see you through your search.